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Beadles drops out of Congressional race
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The race for the Republican nomination to represent the 11th congressional district and oust two-term incumbent Jerry McNerney just got a little bit thinner.

Robert Beadles – a Lodi resident that announced his candidacy for the race and participated in a Manteca forum with five other candidates earlier this year – has declared that he’s leaving the race and will be throwing his support behind East Bay resident David Harmer.

Manteca resident Jeff Takada announced last month that he was dropping out of the race and declared his support for Elizabeth Emken – also an East Bay native.

Both Emken and Harmer joined Lodi’s Brad Goehring in securing an “On the Radar” designation from the National Republican Congressional Committee last week, and the three seem locked in a fight to secure the party’s nomination.

Beadles was involved in a brief verbal dust-up with Goehring towards the end of the South San Joaquin Republicans candidate’s forum when he accused the Lodi grape grower of being behind a recent raid on his business that was carried the week prior by the San Joaqiun County Sheriff’s Department.

On his website, Beadles thanked his supporters and noted that he wouldn’t be completely disappearing from the local radar.

“I remain deeply concerned about the direction of our state, our country, and our community,” Beadles wrote in a thank you letter. “Though I will not be a candidate for congress, I will find other ways to serve my fellow citizens.

“There are other fine candidates running against Jerry McNerney, and I plan to support the best candidate in the primary, with the ultimate goal of replacing McNerney with a representative that will truly represent the interests of the 11th district.”